The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is probably the most famous street in the world. Directly translated, its name means Elysian Fields, the heavenly resting place for heroes in Greek mythology. The long avenue ends at the famous Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb 284 steps to reach the top. From the terrace, you'll see the avenues leading from the center in a 12-pointed star. Once the world's most exclusive retail real estate, Champs-Élysées has recently gone mass-market with H&M, Starbucks, and McDonald's. But you'll still find the flagship stores Louis Vuitton and Guerlain here, as well as the famous Ladurée macaron shop.
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Getting Around Paris
The best way to get around Paris is by using public transportation. The metro, bus or RER suburban trains are by far the easiest and most efficient way to move around the city. The metro operates from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6:30 a.m. until 2:15 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The bus operates Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Some bus routes that serve major transit hubs have extended hours until 12:30 a.m. Metro and bus fares start at 1.70€. Multiple pass books (which afford you a discount) are available as are day passes. Taxis are also a convenient way to get around the city. Minimum fare is 6.40€ and charges vary based on traffic and time. All Paris taxi services can be contacted by calling 01 45 30 30 30.
Nearby Airports
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport-CDG
  • Paris Orly Airport-ORY
Airport Taxis
  • 45€ (depending on traffic)
Things to Do and See Near Champs-Elysées